All you need to know about Walmart’s Fishing License

Fishing is one of America’s most popular outdoor activities. This is because an increasing number of American citizens now pursue fishing as a hobby. In 2017, freshwater, saltwater, and fly fishing included hobbies of more than 49 million people nationwide. The only other more popular outdoor hobby in America is running. Given such a context, we have compiled an article that has all the details one can read through to know about Walmart’s Fishing License.

Here is some background information about the need and importance of fishing licenses in the United States:

Why do you need a license to fish?

Over time, fishing licenses have proved to protect fish populations, just as hunting licenses have proved to protect wildlife. When the Government make fishing regulations, they generally apply species limits and can limit the amount of fish that can be caught and retained in a day by any given fisherman. All this information is available when one purchases a fishing license.

This is a way to inform people why catch limits are important. Similarly, fishing licenses declare the amount everyone can catch the same for all, so, if anyone collects more than their fair share, they can be reported to authorities as poachers.

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Also, Wildlife Departments can create fear of illegal fishing by allowing officials to spot-check fishermen for valid fishing licenses. Since licenses only cost between $10 – $40, so, it is a safer option to buy a license than to spend thousands of dollars in heavy fines in case one is caught in violation of the rules and regulations.

Fishing licenses also help fund marine life research and can be used to finance state wildlife departments. Moreover, certain management activities are financed by the revenue generated from fishing license fees. For example, the money collected can be used to increase the number of fish in lakes and fisheries that are maintained by the department.

Where to buy a fishing license near me?

In America, there are plenty of options where one can purchase a fishing license. However, most options vary from state to state. The most convenient and easily accessible option in many states is buying the license at your local Walmart. The store has plenty of locations across the country and has convenient operating hours. Walmart has agreements with the states and is an eligible institution to issue licenses on behalf of the government. It has also employed people specifically for this task in the Sports & Outdoor Department. Their knowledge, warmth, and friendliness can be beneficial to all, regardless of whether one is new to fishing or an experienced fisherman. The staff welcomes inquiries and is familiar with a range of topics related to fishing licenses. 

 Who needs to buy a fishing license?

Anyone who wants to fish in the country will need to buy a license. As mentioned earlier, fishing without a license is considered a crime in the United States. However, there are some exceptions to that rule. For example, it is not necessary for a person under 17 (in some states under 16 years old) to buy a fishing license. Similarly, it is not necessary for a person over 65 to buy a fishing license, veterans and people suffering from disabilities also do not need to obtain a license to fish. Additionally, each state has free fishing days throughout the year, during which anyone can try fishing for free.

How much does Walmart’s fishing license cost?

The price you pay for a fishing license at Walmart includes a small processing fee, which is why it is usually about 50 cents higher than licenses available elsewhere. The license cost can also vary according to age, duration, where you live, whether you are a resident of that state, whether its a duplicate license or original and whether you want to fish in Saltwater or freshwater or both.

Here are some cost estimates to give you a rough idea of what fishing licenses cost generally, however these may vary from state to state:

  • For individual residents between age 16 to 65 – $19.
  • For individual residents between age 66 and above- $10
  • A one-day fishing license for both resident and non-resident – $11
  • Non-resident fishing license for a year- $40
  • Three-day tourist fishing license – $19
  • In case the issuer of the license loses the license due to destruction, stealth or losing can get a duplicate license issued – $4.

What do I need to bring with me to WalMart for the fishing license?

The only thing required by WalMart to issue you your fishing license is some form of Photo Identification. If you are a resident of the same state, it is better if you take some form of proof of residency along with you to avoid any inconvenience.

Do I need to take a test for WalMart’s fishing license?

There is no test that one needs to take to get the license, however, the license comes with a booklet that you should go through in detail, to know some rules and regulations regarding fishing responsibly.  Also mentioned in the booklet are the areas where one is allowed to fish, as some areas might be off-limits. Fishing in prohibited areas is against the law, these places can be where endangered species are found. This can be a crime with penal provisions that could lead to a lifetime ban or immediate cancellation of the fishing license.

Is there a specific time I need to go to get WalMart’s fishing license?

WalMart’s operating times can vary from store to store, so it might be a good idea to check your local WalMart’s opening and closing times before you go. Similarly, purchasing a fishing license requires technical staff to be present at the Sports & Outdoor Department, the staff might not be present at all times, especially closer to the store’s closing times. In such cases, it might be a better idea to go during the day. It can also be a good idea to phone in beforehand to get all this information.

Does the license type depend on where I am fishing?

Yes.  As there are several options as to where you can fish! Whether you are fishing in freshwater or saltwater or alternatively, if you are fishing at a river, lake, pond or ocean. Therefore, fishing license fee vary according to the place the person goes fishing, as some places are more expensive than others.

Is there a time duration that the fishing license will be valid for?

Yes. For instance, fishing licenses are available in the following duration:

  • A 24 hours fishing permit.
  • A 5-day fishing permit.
  • An annual fishing permit.

Are there any renewal or other procedures I should know about?

Yes. According to the law, licenses usually expire on 31st December yearly. Hence, you should renew your license before it expires. If someone carries on fishing with an expired license, he can be liable to pay fines or face jail time. Depending on how long the license has been expired for and which state he is fishing in. People with tourist licenses do not need to worry. As those expire after the time duration and do not need to be renewed.

Which states offer WalMart’s fishing license?

The states that are currently offering fishing licenses at WalMart are:

  1. Alabama,
  2. Alaska,
  3. Arizona,
  4. Arkansas,
  5. California,
  6. Colorado,
  7. Connecticut,
  8. Delaware,
  9. Florida,
  10. Georgia,
  11. Hawaii,
  12. Idaho,
  13. Illinois,
  14. Indiana,
  15. Iowa,
  16. Kansas,
  17. Kentucky,
  18. Louisiana,
  19. Mae,
  20. Maryland,
  21. Massachusetts,
  22. Michigan,
  23. Minnesota,
  24. Mississippi,
  25. Missouri,
  26. Montana,
  27. Nebraska,
  28. Nevada,
  29. New Hampshire,
  30. Ohio,
  31. New Mexico,
  32. New York,
  33. North Carolina,
  34. North Dakota,
  35. New Jersey,
  36. Oklahoma,
  37. Oregon,
  38. Pennsylvania,
  39. Rhode Island,
  40. South Carolina,
  41. South Dakota,
  42. Tennessee,
  43. Texas, Utah,
  44. Vermont,
  45. Virginia,
  46. Washington,
  47. West Virginia.

However, some states have different rates and specifications. For example, the cost of obtaining a fishing license from a Walmart in Florida is $17.50. This is for a one-year license for freshwater or saltwater or $30.50 for a one-year combination license. A”shoreline” license is also available to residents for free. Non-residents pay $17.50 for 3 consecutive days for either freshwater or saltwater fishing licenses. They can also get a combination of $30.50 for the same amount of time.

Additionally, current Oklahoma fishing license costs are as follows: Lifetime Fishing license: $225. Lifetime Fishing/Hunting Combination license: $775, Five-Year Fishing license: $88. Five-Year Fishing/Hunting license: $148, Annual Fishing license: $25 (Youth, 16–17: $5). Annual Fishing/Hunting Combination license: $53 (Youth, 16-17: $19). Two-Day Fishing license: $15, Non-Resident Annual license: $55, Non-Resident Six-Day license: $35, Non-Resident One-Day license: $15.

These two paragraphs outline how states can vary in their fishing license types and costs.


Conclusively, we hope this article provided you with all the information you need about Walmart’s fishing licenses. If you would like to add more information to the article or have recently been to Walmart to purchase a fishing license, let us know what your experience was like. We would love to update our article and incorporate your feedback!

Michael Holding

Michael is an outdoor adventurer and a kayaking enthusiast who loves to share his experiences with others. He is the Chief Editor at XgearHub.

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